Share
Results 1 to 20 of 20

Thread: Need some pros & cons in buying spool gun VS an AC machine.

  1. Default Need some pros & cons in buying spool gun VS an AC machine.

    I recently purchased a MTS 251si. I was considering a 200DV but at the last minute opted for the bigger machine because of the synergic function and I thought it came with a spool gun per the pictures in the product listing. This will mostly be used on a farm, for greenhouse work, and making 4'*8' aluminum troughs. It appears that the AC for aluminum is for more cosmetic precise work. A spool gun is $400 and for a little over $700 I can get an AHP.

    I could just get another mig gun that is short with a teflon sleeve and reserve it for aluminum also.

    Since I am a novice what will be the most pain free for me. I have done very little welding on steel and have NO experience on aluminum. I am retired basically and the farm is to keep me active so time is not a critical factor. A lot of what I do will be experimental.

    Any thought and suggestions will be helpful.

  2. #2

    Default

    Do you have a link where you saw that?

  3. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    Do you have a link where you saw that?

    Hey mark, Where I saw what?

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hcforde View Post
    Hey mark, Where I saw what?
    The 251si advertised with a spool gun.
    2013 250EX : SSC Pedal : I-MIG 250P 20' Profax gun : Power Plasma 60 p80 torch : 3M Speedglas 9100XX : Evolution Rage 3 DB cold saw

  5. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by zoama View Post
    The 251si advertised with a spool gun.
    On the page that has the 251si, there are icons on the top right hand side, one of them is a spool gun. There is no indication there that the spool gun is optional. The only machines I considered prior to this purchase was the 200DV because of the AC/DC capability. I looked at the 185DV briefly but changed my mind when I saw the 200DV, it looked like so much more machine. When I was ready to order there were no 200DV's available so since I was also a novice, the Synergic mode seemed like a great plus to get me to a starting point quickly then be able to adjust from that workable point. Neither the 185DV or the 200DV had a spool gun icon. For clarity you might want to change that.

    http://www.everlastgenerators.com/pr...si-tig-package

  6. #6

    Default

    The 185 and 200DV don't have spool gun capability. If you look down at what's included, you'll see it doesn't include a spool gun for the 251si. Also it is listed under options. This is advertising capabiliities of the unit, not necessarily included items. But since we have items listed for what is included,and optional, coupled with pictures of what is included, a customer doing any due diligence shouldn't have any problem. If this was a problem, after 3 years on the current site and 3 or 4 on the site before this one, I would have heard of it before now. When we didn't have these up there, we'd get questions if a MIG was spool gun capable almost daily. No MIG, unless it is a special package or marked as a "bonus buy" is sold with a MIG gun as standard equipment.

  7. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    The 185 and 200DV don't have spool gun capability. If you look down at what's included, you'll see it doesn't include a spool gun for the 251si. Also it is listed under options. This is advertising capabiliities of the unit, not necessarily included items. But since we have items listed for what is included,and optional, coupled with pictures of what is included, a customer doing any due diligence shouldn't have any problem. If this was a problem, after 3 years on the current site and 3 or 4 on the site before this one, I would have heard of it before now. When we didn't have these up there, we'd get questions if a MIG was spool gun capable almost daily. No MIG, unless it is a special package or marked as a "bonus buy" is sold with a MIG gun as standard equipment.

    Where have I accused you guys of anything shady? No where!!! Please read my original post and tell me where I have made an accusation against you. I said I am a novice. I also said I THOUGHT it came with a spool gun. I am asking for pros and cons on buying a spool gun VS an AC capable machine and you have not even touched that!!! I talked with Richard a couple of times when I was considering the 200DV and once after buying and receiving the 251si. I never mentioned the spool gun thing to him because it was not an issue with me. NOW!!! can you assist me in my question?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Disneyland
    Posts
    2,659

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hcforde View Post
    It appears that the AC for aluminum is for more cosmetic precise work...

    Any thought and suggestions will be helpful.
    Yes the TIG process with AC is a more precise and potentially more cosmetic process for welding aluminum. It also requires a bit more skill and practice. Aluminum in general will require more practice to get quality welds. It is much less forgiving than steel as far as settings and technique. For typical farm duty a spoolgun using MIG is probably the way to go. Don't bother going down the teflon liner and short gun route, as a novice it will cause you nothing but grief. I would advise that you get more steel MIG welding under your belt, before switching to aluminum. The skills you acquire will go a long way to a better first experience with aluminum.
    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

  9. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    Yes the TIG process with AC is a more precise and potentially more cosmetic process for welding aluminum. It also requires a bit more skill and practice. Aluminum in general will require more practice to get quality welds. It is much less forgiving than steel as far as settings and technique. For typical farm duty a spoolgun using MIG is probably the way to go. Don't bother going down the teflon liner and short gun route, as a novice it will cause you nothing but grief. I would advise that you get more steel MIG welding under your belt, before switching to aluminum. The skills you acquire will go a long way to a better first experience with aluminum.
    Thanks for your reply and being on topic with the concern that I have.

    Concerning making these 4' * 8' troughs, they will be 12" high and filled with water to about 8" . what thickness of aluminum should I be looking at. I know I will have to reinforce the sides longitudinally . The bottom (outside)will have a 1/2" 4'*8' OSB for support.

    Thanks, as a novice you always second guess yourself especially when you make a last minute change. I additional reasons I chose the MTS 251si (over the 200DV) is because of greater power, longer duty cycle, and it seems like Mig will be faster when I start doing aluminum over the TIG aluminum process. It is probably way more machine than I will need and I most likely will never outgrow its capabilities I again thank you for your reply.

  10. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hcforde View Post
    I recently purchased a MTS 251si. I was considering a 200DV but at the last minute opted for the bigger machine because of the synergic function and I thought it came with a spool gun per the pictures in the product listing. This will mostly be used on a farm, for greenhouse work, and making 4'*8' aluminum troughs. It appears that the AC for aluminum is for more cosmetic precise work. A spool gun is $400 and for a little over $700 I can get an AHP.

    I could just get another mig gun that is short with a teflon sleeve and reserve it for aluminum also.

    Since I am a novice what will be the most pain free for me. I have done very little welding on steel and have NO experience on aluminum. I am retired basically and the farm is to keep me active so time is not a critical factor. A lot of what I do will be experimental.

    Any thought and suggestions will be helpful.
    FWIW, I "am" successfully welding 3/16" AL with an everlast 140e. This is also without a spool gun. All I can say is, short circuit/globular mig welding is entirely possible. It is harder than spraying, but it will work very well for the hobbyist. Preheating is recommended, but other than a lot of spatter "on the floor" the welds look really good and are strong. Oh yeah, .035 5356 wire is what I'm using. It is much stiffer than 4043, which I'm sure would not work without a spoolgun.
    FPSgrass@aol.com

  11. #11

    Default

    If you used .030 or smaller wire with the gun, it would be ideal as it should spray.

  12. Default

    Gee, that's interesting.


    Quote Originally Posted by performance View Post
    If you used .030 or smaller wire with the gun, it would be ideal as it should spray.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Disneyland
    Posts
    2,659

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hcforde View Post
    Thanks for your reply and being on topic with the concern that I have.

    Concerning making these 4' * 8' troughs, they will be 12" high and filled with water to about 8" . what thickness of aluminum should I be looking at. I know I will have to reinforce the sides longitudinally . The bottom (outside)will have a 1/2" 4'*8' OSB for support.

    Thanks, as a novice you always second guess yourself especially when you make a last minute change. I additional reasons I chose the MTS 251si (over the 200DV) is because of greater power, longer duty cycle, and it seems like Mig will be faster when I start doing aluminum over the TIG aluminum process. It is probably way more machine than I will need and I most likely will never outgrow its capabilities I again thank you for your reply.
    Well that's over half a ton of water. The real trick will be what tools you have on hand to form the sides. If you can do some bending, you can make the sides stiff enough to be self supporting, otherwise you will need a frame or pretty thick material to make that out of. Also there is a difference between making a strong serviceable weld, and making a water tight weld. The later is a hell of a lot harder. However, you might actually find it easier to weld thicker materials, than what is required. If you can make them circular, it would work with a lot thinner material as the forces involved would be in balance. Also if they will be subject to other forces, that can have a big impact on how tough they need to be. Farm items always seem to get rough service, from people and animals. What you're describing is basically a small flat bottom aluminum bass boat. If that would do the job, you will be looking at about the same materials and techniques. Like a rolled gunnel or some tubing at the top, and thin sheet sides and bottom.
    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

  14. #14

    Default

    Looks like you picked the right welder for the job, TIG is a slower process and takes time to learn for most. You will be shocked at how well MIG will do aluminum. And Post 8 (Rams) is spot on, skip the teflon route, put the money towards the spool gun.

    We sometimes use the spool gun for steel, just to have twice the hose length, like if you need to get to the other side of a trailer without turning the trailer around or moving the welder around. Or you could also make up an extension cord. What are the troughs for, animals?
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
    www.everlastwelders.com
    877-755-9353 x203
    M-F 12 - 7PM PST
    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

  15. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambozo View Post
    Well that's over half a ton of water. The real trick will be what tools you have on hand to form the sides. If you can do some bending, you can make the sides stiff enough to be self supporting, otherwise you will need a frame or pretty thick material to make that out of. Also there is a difference between making a strong serviceable weld, and making a water tight weld. The later is a hell of a lot harder. However, you might actually find it easier to weld thicker materials, than what is required. If you can make them circular, it would work with a lot thinner material as the forces involved would be in balance. Also if they will be subject to other forces, that can have a big impact on how tough they need to be. Farm items always seem to get rough service, from people and animals. What you're describing is basically a small flat bottom aluminum bass boat. If that would do the job, you will be looking at about the same materials and techniques. Like a rolled gunnel or some tubing at the top, and thin sheet sides and bottom.
    These will be used in a protected environment in a greenhouse. no animals around. Making it watertight being more difficult is not something I had thought of. Especially me being a novice though that makes sense because I do not have the skills for good penetration as of yet.

  16. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by everlastsupport View Post
    Looks like you picked the right welder for the job, TIG is a slower process and takes time to learn for most. You will be shocked at how well MIG will do aluminum. And Post 8 (Rams) is spot on, skip the teflon route, put the money towards the spool gun.

    We sometimes use the spool gun for steel, just to have twice the hose length, like if you need to get to the other side of a trailer without turning the trailer around or moving the welder around. Or you could also make up an extension cord. What are the troughs for, animals?

    They are for Hydroponic grow beds

  17. #17

    Default

    If your welds don't hold water you could seal the joints with many different products like http://www.shop3m.com/3m-window-weld...cartridge.html Costs about $25 a tube at your local auto parts store but you have to ask for it. Most stores don't put it out on the shelf. I've repaired fwd motor mounts with it. Super strong bond. I believe you could just cut out the pieces and glue them together with that stuff. 8" of water will produce very little hydraulic pressure.
    2013 250EX : SSC Pedal : I-MIG 250P 20' Profax gun : Power Plasma 60 p80 torch : 3M Speedglas 9100XX : Evolution Rage 3 DB cold saw

  18. #18
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Disneyland
    Posts
    2,659

    Default

    You may have to coat the tanks, anyway. Aluminum can and will react with a lot of the chemicals used in fertilizers. It might not be the ideal material for that application. Fiberglass, on the other hand works great and is pretty easy to work with from a DIY aspect.
    Long arc, short arc, heliarc and in-the-dark!

  19. #19

    Default

    We did not use chemical fertilizers when my son went into the hydo veggie green house hobby mode. Fish did the work for us. But we did use clean 55 gallon plastic drums (cut in 1/2) for the drain fields and 2 very large in-ground plastic ponds to make ours. So ours was all plastic. Used PVC for the green house frame and clear roll out plastic to cover and seal it.

    I love 3M stuff, but make sure it does not leech any chemicals. There is a 5200 marine stuff you can get too (home depot has it). Expensive though, jamestown distributors seems to have it cheaper.
    Mike R.
    Email: admineverlast@everlastwelders.com
    www.everlastgenerators.com
    www.everlastwelders.com
    877-755-9353 x203
    M-F 12 - 7PM PST
    FYI: PP50, PP80, IMIG-200, IMIG-250P, 210EXT and 255EXT.

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2019
    Location
    Sacramento area.
    Posts
    4

    Default

    Hi. I like what you said about using the 5000 series wire, and also the .035 wire because it's more stiff. I got my cert using a mig gun, so it can work without the bird nesting problem. The one thing I noticed was the initial feed was not a problem. It was only after the electrode was attached bird nesting would occur. It's been pointed out to me that going up one size on the electrode might cure most of the issue, but as yet I haven't personally tried it, but I will.

Similar Threads

  1. Floating head Machine Torch holder w/ S45 Machine Torch - 2 for sale.
    By countryguy in forum Everlast Plasma Cutters (PAC)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-19-2016, 10:52 PM
  2. Selling I-mig 205 plus aluminum spool gun for machine
    By Rodsmachineshop in forum Buy, Sale or Trade
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-18-2013, 08:16 PM
  3. Buying or Shipping From AirGas
    By Commodore88 in forum Pre-sales, Sales and Shipping questions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-01-2012, 01:54 AM
  4. parts / cons for 200dx stock tourch?
    By cboggs in forum TIG Welding (GTAW/GTAW-P)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-11-2012, 02:13 PM
  5. Spool Spool / Roll Adaptor for Power IMIg250P, DYI
    By Ray in forum MIG Welding (GMAW/GMAW-P/FCAW)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-10-2010, 08:46 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •